Colm O'Rourke Had Very Little Praise For The Galway Footballers On League Sunday

Colm O'Rourke Had Very Little Praise For The Galway Footballers On League Sunday

Four wins from four. Their first win against Kerry in 15 years. Still, there was little praise forthcoming for Galway from Colm O'Rourke on RTÉ's League Sunday.

Michael Lyster put it to O'Rourke that Galway are regarded as a "traditional" GAA county, one which the association needs to be at the top of the game.

"I think they probably do but they've changed a lot," said O'Rourke.

He then suggested the appointment of Paddy Tally as a coach had much to do with the abandonment of a more aesthetically pleasing style of football.

"We always associate, in the past, Galway with free-flowing, attacking football. Some of the greater footballers of the game have played in Galway attacks.

"They've turned a bit ugly, I think with their type of system now. Paddy Tally has been brought in from Tyrone. It is a Tyrone defensive-type system."

But you as a Galway man, which would you take, the defensive football and winning or the free-flowing football and losing? A lot of Galway people would say that, 'We're quite happy with the way we are. We're going to Kerry and we're beating them. We're beating Mayo'.

They have scope for significant improvement because as this system develops, they have a lot of very good individual footballers.


In the brief few moments which he was given to talk about the game, Colm Cooper did say that he thought Galway are an impressive side, one full of pace and power which created numerous goal scoring chances against Kerry.

The actual analysis of the game was allocated for criticism of Kerry. "If this is the best Kerry can do, then they have problems," said O'Rourke as he damned Kerry's lateral play.

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